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Crafting an Intelligence Community: Papers of the First Four DCIs (Book and DVD)

Crafting an Intelligence Community: Papers of the First Four DCIs (Book and DVD)
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This publication and accompanying DVD, covering 1946 to 1953, cover the historical relationships between the Central Intelligence Agency's Directors of Central Intelligence (DCIs), President Truman, and Congress. The recently declassified documents in the collection focus on the activities of the first four DCIs: Sidney W. Souers, Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter and Walter B. Smith, and include office logs, memorandums, reports and various correspondence from each DCI's tenure.

The CIA Center for the Study of Intelligence and CIA Historical Collections Division describe this multimedia publication:

Admiral Sidney W. Souers, General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Admiral Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter and General William Bedell Smith accepted President Harry S. Truman’s challenge to craft an intelligence organization.  Each man marked his tenure with his unique brand of leadership that provided his successor with the foundation needed for the next step toward the Central Intelligence Agency of today. The Crafting of an Intelligence Community collection of 800+ Agency documents along with 600 supplemental items shows the day-by-day activities, decisions, staff meetings and contacts that confronted each DCI.  They ran the gamut of choosing a secretary to responding to a Presidential question to an evening social event with various ambassadors and dignitaries.

The booklet covers the key points from a symposium held in partnership with George Mason University, School of Public Policy, on September 13, 2012. The overall theme of the event was the ebb and flow of the relationships between DCIs, presidents and Congress, and the way those relationships impact the role intelligence plays in policy decisions. The event highlighted the public release of over 800 recently declassified documents covering the CIA's first four DCIs, which are included on the accompanying DVD.

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Keywords: National and Foreign Intelligence, leadership, primary source documents, research 



Audience: Members and retirees of the intelligence community, members of government, and anyone interested in the history of the U.S. intelligence community would enjoy this informative book and DVD.  In addition, teachers of high school and college students studying government, politics and intelligence may find this a useful resource.  Public libraries would benefit from making this publication and DVD available to their patrons.

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Central Intelligence Agency, Center for the Study of Intelligence; and Historical Collections Division
2012: Book: 72 p.; ill. and DVD.
Includes office logs, memorandums, reports and various correspondence from each DCI's tenure. This publication has an accompanying DVD when it is complete. Lacks DVD. Reprinting is postponed.
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  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Directors of Central Intelligence
  • Intelligence History
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